Don't Let the Flu Keep You Home

Don't Let the Flu Keep You Home

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Should I get a flu shot?

At Total Access Urgent Care (TAUC ®) we want you to be fully protected this flu season. While there are already sporadic influenza cases, the epidemic levels of the illness can peak as early as October. Flu symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue can range from mild to severe and sometimes lead to medical complications such as pneumonia and dehydration.The influenza vaccination or flu shot is the best method of protection from the flu. TAUC carries the Flulaval vaccine, a quadrivalent immunization which provides maximal coverage and is approved for all patients 6 months old and older.

How is the flu spread?

Influenza or flu is a contagious respiratory virus that is commonly transmitted by coughing, sneezing, and sharing food or drinks. Frequently washing hands and avoiding those who are sick are good practices, but the influenza virus is difficult to avoid. Those infected with the flu often remain contagious for over 5 days after symptoms begin.

Will the flu shot make me sick?

No. The Flulaval vaccine is made with an inactivated virus and is not infectious. This means that getting the flu shot cannot infect the recipient. Most people find that their arm is mildly sore for a short time after the vaccination but experience no other ill effects.

Is the flu vaccine safe?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) performs research and testing to develop a safe and effective influenza immunization against the most widespread and dangerous strains. TAUC’s medical providers are prepared to discuss any concerns about vaccination safety and allergies.

  • Pregnancy: Flulaval is preservative-free and safe for pregnant patients. These vaccines do not contain Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative. The flu vaccine will help protect both the mother and unborn child against the influenza virus during pregnancy.

  • Children over 5 months: The CDC guidelines recommend that children 6 months through 8 years old, should receive a second (identical) immunization 28 days after the first immunization if receiving the flu shot for the first or second time in the patient’s life.

  • Patients with Allergies: The Flulaval vaccine is preservative and latex free. The Flulaval vaccine is egg-based and safe for patients who do not have a history of severe allergic reactions to egg, egg-based proteins, or previous life-threatening reactions to an influenza vaccine.

How much does it cost?

  • Insurance: The influenza vaccine can be billed to any insurance accepted at TAUC. The $5 coupon applies to “out-of-pocket” payments and is therefore not needed with insurance.

  • TAUC’s Great Self-Pay Pricing: The influenza vaccine is $35 or $30 dollars with this $5 off coupon. The coupon must be presented at registration.

Do I need an appointment?

The quadrivalent influenza vaccine is conveniently available at all TAUC locations, seven days per week. Simply walk-in anytime from 8 AM to 8 PM at any location or visit Webster Groves for extended hours from 6 AM to 10 PM. For additional information, call 314-961-2255 or visit www.TAUC.com.

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